Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs during National Women’s Small Business Month

October is National Women’s Small Business Month, dedicated to celebrating the contributions and successes of our nation’s women small business owners. The 10 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. hold tremendous value, generating $1.4 trillion in revenue and employing 8.4 million people, according to the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC).

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Learn to Stay Safe Online during National Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM), an annual campaign dedicated to raising awareness of cyberattacks and the importance of cybersecurity. Launched in October 2004 by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM features initiatives and events designed to educate public and private sector partners on the tools and resources required to stay safe online.

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SBA Releases New Small Business Lending Tool

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched a new lending tool helping connect small businesses and lenders. The new tool, Lender Match, connects entrepreneurs to over 800 SBA lenders in an effort to increase access to capital. The program is an upgrade to LINC (Leveraging Information and Networks to access Capital), which was introduced as a pilot in 2015.

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Consumers and Business Owners Optimistic about Future

The Survey of Consumers from the University of Michigan reveals that consumer confidence grew substantially in the first half of August. From July to August of this year, the Index of Consumer Sentiment increased from 93.4 to 97.6 percent, marking an 8.7 percent increase from August 2016.

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NAWRB Adds New Pillar to Small Business Sustainability Care Package

The National Association of Women in Real Estate Businesses (NAWRB) announces the expansion of its Small Business Sustainability Care Package with a fifth pillar, Small Claims Accountability. In December 2016, NAWRB released the Small Business Sustainability Care Package to provide accountability and sustainability to the 30 million small businesses across the nation. As small business owners encounter obstacles, NAWRB equips them with sound tools and information for success.

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Dodd-Frank Marks its Seventh Anniversary

Tomorrow, July 21, 2017, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act will have its seventh anniversary. The Act has not been stranger to controversy, with some arguments claiming the act hinders Americans and others asserting it promotes growth under safe regulatory practices.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference-Small Business Sustainability Care Package

In this session moderated by Desiree Patno, CEO & President of NAWRB, panelists Michelle Hollis, Director, 6th Street Consulting; Laura Hartsgrove Baker, Sales Director, Herbert H. Landy’s Insurance Agency; and John Moon, District Manager, Community Development, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco gave their unique insights into the four main pillars of NAWRB’s Small Business Sustainability Care Package, including: cybersecurity, insurance with crime prevention and employee dishonesty riders, vetting financial institutions, and payroll alert/assistance.

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LIVE Updates: 2017 NAWRB Conference – Know Your Rights and Resources

With limited resources, it is crucial for small business owners to know their rights and resources, to be able to identify a streamlined course of action when an issue arises. Sharon Asar, Deputy Ombudsman, CFPB Ombudsman’s Office and Philip D. Lovas, Regional Advocate – SBA Region IX, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) shared the resources their offices offer to America’s small business owners and the value they hold for entrepreneurs.

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Small Business Administration (SBA) New Appointments

Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Linda McMahon has announced the appointment of new members to her executive team: Christopher Pilkerton has been appointed General Counsel and Patricia Gibson Associate Administrator for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison.

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